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Workshops and training for researchers

 Attendance at MRE sessions counts towards Postgraduate Researcher training hours.  Add details to your eProg record following our MRE_eProg_guide.pdf.

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Shut up and write

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Today, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 6 Oct 2020, 09:30 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 21 Oct 2020, 13:30 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Fri 6 Nov 2020, 10:00 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 19 Nov 2020, 09:30 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 1 Dec 2020, 13:30 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 16 Dec 2020, 10:00 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 14 Jan 2021, 14:00 - 16:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 26 Jan 2021, 09:30 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Shut Up and Write is an event for researchers to come together for a fixed amount of time and write. The aim is not to put pressure on you to be productive, rather, to help you carve out some dedicated time to write and to present a chance to connect with other researchers. It is a great way make progress on those thesis chapters, journal articles, or grant applications.

Whilst two hours doesn't sound like much, it is amazing what you can get done if you really focus. There will be short, scheduled breaks in between writing sessions of 35 minutes, to help keep you motivated and on-task. During the breaks there will also be time to reflect on some of the challenges we are facing as a research community and how we might support one another.

Introduction to managing research materials and data for the Faculty of Humanities

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 7 Oct 2020, 14:00 - 15:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 3 Dec 2020, 10:00 - 11:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Have you ever had problems finding the latest version of a file, or discovered a file name you did not understand?

Researchers receive, collect and manage a lot of information from different sources ranging from documents and publications to surveys and videos. Managing your information can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can help you save time, increase your visibility and work more effectively.

During this workshop we will consider:

* Effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files

* Methods for working collaboratively on your files

* Writing a data management plan

* Funder requirements for managing and sharing data

Open Access in five simple steps

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Mon 12 Oct 2020, 12:00 - 13:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 24 Nov 2020, 11:00 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Open Access (OA) is an essential consideration for all Manchester researchers and PGRs. This bitesize workshop will explain OA and why you should be thinking about openness when undertaking and seeking to publish your research.

By the end of this session you will:

Understand the benefits of Open Access for you as an individual researcher, and for the wider world

Understand different ways of publishing research Open Access

Know how to choose the most appropriate Open Access method for your work

Know how to ensure compliance with institutional and funder Open Access requirements

Understand how the Librarys Scholarly Communication team can help you

Pure drop-in

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 14 Oct 2020, 12:30 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 18 Nov 2020, 12:30 - 13:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This months Pure drop-in will be held online via Zoom. For details of how to join the online session, please log into your Pure account, where you will find log-in details for the session.

Do you have a question about using Pure? Something like:

  • How can I set up my Pure account?
  • How do I upload publications to Pure?
  • How can I extract my Pure data for use elsewhere?

Come along to our Pure drop-in session and ask one of our advisers. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day!

Writing your Data Management Plan a QA session online

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Thu 15 Oct 2020, 11:00 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 10 Nov 2020, 14:00 - 15:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 9 Dec 2020, 11:00 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 21 Jan 2021, 14:00 - 15:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Are you starting to write your Data Management Plan but have questions? Then this hour long session is for you. Here is the format:

* Introduction and a brief overview of the Data Management Plan, including why each section is important

* 20 min question and answer session - ask any DMP related questions on your mind

* 10 min break - we would encourage this time to be spent looking at your DMP to see if you can apply what youve learnt

* 10 min for any further questions and session wrap up

If this sounds like something that would be useful to you, book onto a session today and start getting your questions ready.

Introduction to research data management in Science and Engineering

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Tue 20 Oct 2020, 10:00 - 11:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 25 Nov 2020, 14:00 - 15:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Researchers collect, receive and manage research data in many forms, ranging from measurements and models to videos and simulations. Managing your data can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can help you save time, increase your visibility and work more effectively.

During this workshop we will consider:

* Effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files

* Methods for working collaboratively on your data

* Writing a data management plan

* Funder requirements for managing and sharing data

You are encouraged to bring an electronic device to this session.

Introduction to research data management in Biology, Medicine and Health

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Mon 26 Oct 2020, 14:00 - 15:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 18 Nov 2020, 10:00 - 11:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Researchers collect, receive and manage research data in many forms, ranging from measurements and questionnaires to videos and simulations. Managing your data can be complex, but a little planning at the beginning can help you save time, increase your visibility and work more effectively.

During this workshop we will consider:

Effective strategies for storing, backing up and organising your files

Ways to work collaboratively on your data

Writing a data management plan

Funder requirements for managing and sharing data

You are encouraged to bring an electronic device to this session.

Enhance your Public Speaking Skills using Improvisation Techniques

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 28 Oct 2020, 13:30 - 14:45StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Tue 1 Dec 2020, 10:30 - 11:45StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 28 Jan 2021, 14:00 - 15:15StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

In this fully interactive workshop you will learn a range of improvisation techniques that will improve your confidence about public speaking and informal networking. Improvisation is a form of unscripted theatre that relies on heightened communication and creativity. Aside from performance, it can be also be used to promote teamwork, enhance presentation skills and ease social anxiety. We will focus on the application of improvisation for improving public speaking skills and will provide you with practical exercises to help you build confidence in communicating with a variety of audiences. Learn to be more present, feel confident speaking in any setting and embrace failure.

Creating and managing your ORCID

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Thu 29 Oct 2020, 14:30 - 15:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Mon 7 Dec 2020, 10:30 - 11:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Ensuring connections between you and your research, ORCIDs are being adopted across all elements of the research community (ie. universities, publishers, funders) as the universal method for uniquely identifying researchers.

They are free to create and link researchers to their research activities.

At this session you can:

* Learn more about the benefits of ORCIDs

* Find out how to create your own ORCID

* Discover how to easily manage your ORCID account

How to get published in the Humanities, hosted by SAGE (Online)

Tue 3 Nov 2020, 11:00 - 12:00

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Academic journals have notoriously stringent acceptance criteria, and there is a huge amount of quality research being submitted to journals every day, so how can you make sure you give yourself the best start in the publication process?

This How to get published session will give you some great tips on increasing your chances of having a journal article accepted for publication. We will talk about key factors that impact the chances of an article being accepted for publication, such as:

  • ensuring the quality of your research methodology,
  • choosing the right journal,
  • preparing your manuscript,
  • responding appropriately to the peer-review process.

By the end of this session, you will have gained insight into how SAGE approaches the publication of a journal article, and you will have some top tips that you can use as you prepare your research for publication, and some helpful resources to help you on your journey.

It would be helpful to have a look at https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/how-to-get-published before the session.

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Choosing a Credible Journal and How to Avoid 'Predatory Publishers'

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Wed 4 Nov 2020, 13:30 - 14:30StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Wed 13 Jan 2021, 14:00 - 15:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

This workshop will equip you with the skills to spot so-called 'Predatory Publishers', and feel confident in the credibility of the journals you will be submitting to. By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Feel confident in your ability to identify credible journals
  • Understand the motivations behind 'Predatory Publishing'
  • Understand the consequences of submitting your work to non-reputable journals
  • Spot the common characteristics of non-reputable publishers
  • Use established tools and processes to check the credibility of a journal

As part of this workshop we will be running an activity where a personal device (mobile phone, laptop, tablet etc.) would be useful but is not essential.

Framing and pitching a book project from thesis research (hosted by Manchester University Press)

Tue 10 Nov 2020, 10:00 - 11:30

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

In this session, a commissioning editor will provide advice on how to approach the task of framing a book project based on research undertaken from a PhD thesis. This will include ways to differentiate book from thesis, choosing the right publisher, and guidance on the expected parameters for length and illustration.

By the end of the session, attendees should have a sense of what publishers expect to see, what pitfalls to avoid, and hopefully some idea of where they could begin to develop their own work towards monograph publication.

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MRE Writing Retreat Online (day one) (Online)

Tue 10 Nov 2020, 13:00 - 16:30

We are running two half-day online writing retreats, come to either or both, whatever works for you and your current circumstances.

We hope the Writing Retreat will help you carve out some dedicated time to write, connect with other researchers, and reflect on the challenges you are facing and share tips to overcome these.

To help you stay motivated and connected to other researchers, the retreat will be spent in concentrated writing sessions with regular short, scheduled breaks (to make a cuppa, stretch or chat with other participants).

The retreat will take place on Zoom, booking is essential to receive the Zoom link, we will email you with instructions on how to access the retreat the day before.

Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

Find out more

MRE Writing Retreat Online (day two) (Online)

Wed 11 Nov 2020, 09:30 - 13:00

We are running two half-day online writing retreats, come to either or both, whatever works for you and your current circumstances.

We hope the Writing Retreat will help you carve out some dedicated time to write, connect with other researchers, and reflect on the challenges you are facing and share tips to overcome these.

To help you stay motivated and connected to other researchers, the retreat will be spent in concentrated writing sessions with regular short, scheduled breaks (to make a cuppa, stretch or chat with other participants).

The retreat will take place on Zoom, booking is essential to receive the Zoom link, we will email you with instructions on how to access the retreat the day before.

Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

Find out more

Overview of reference management tools

Fri 13 Nov 2020, 10:00 - 11:30

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Getting organised: guidance for using reference management tools

Keeping track of published research, referencing other research outputs in your own writing and identifying new opportunities for collaboration can be time-consuming processes.

In this session we will help you to be well-organised and efficient, showing you how reference management software can help store, organise and annotate references and create accurate citations and bibliographies in thousands of different referencing styles.

Web-based packages also enable you to build academic social networks to share and discuss research publications, identify researchers working in your field and crowd-source the latest publications in your research area.

This workshop will introduce you to using reference management tools and the support provided by The University of Manchester Library.

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7 steps to raising your research profile

We are running this event more than once on the following dates and times:

Tue 17 Nov 2020, 10:30 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more
Thu 28 Jan 2021, 11:00 - 12:00StudentsStaffFullFind out more

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Getting noticed promoting yourself and your research online

This workshop will help you develop strategies for managing your online research presence by considering the following questions:

  • Which online tools and platforms are the most useful to me?
  • How can I find the time to use social media tools to promote my research?
  • How can I maximise access to my research?
  • How do I know if my online presence strategies are effective?

How to get Published with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) (Online)

Tue 17 Nov 2020, 14:00 - 15:00

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

Increase the visibility of your research and build author credibility by publishing in a leading title.

Learn how to identify the best journal or conference for your work and navigate the paper submission and peer review process.

Review the required elements and proper structure of a manuscript to avoid reasons why papers may be rejected.

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An introduction to publishing your research, hosted by Wiley (online)

Tue 8 Dec 2020, 14:00 - 15:30

This session will take place on the online video conferencing app Zoom. Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

We will send you the Zoom link for the workshop a day before the workshop is to take place, booking onto this workshop is essential.

In this workshop experts from Wiley, one of the UK's biggest publishers, will walk you through the publishing process from start to finish, from initially choosing a journal to sharing your published paper.

You will be introduced to key aspects of the publication process, and learn tips for giving your manuscript the best chance of acceptance. The session will also include discussion of Open Access publishing, as well as some of the main metrics for article and journal performance.

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MRE Writing Retreat Online (day one) (Online)

Tue 19 Jan 2021, 13:00 - 16:30

We are running two half-day online writing retreats, come to either or both, whatever works for you and your current circumstances.

We hope the Writing Retreat will help you carve out some dedicated time to write, connect with other researchers, and reflect on the challenges you are facing and share tips to overcome these.

To help you stay motivated and connected to other researchers, the retreat will be spent in concentrated writing sessions with regular short, scheduled breaks (to make a cuppa, stretch or chat with other participants).

The retreat will take place on Zoom, booking is essential to receive the Zoom link, we will email you with instructions on how to access the retreat the day before.

Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

Find out more

MRE Writing Retreat Online (day two) (Online)

Wed 20 Jan 2021, 09:30 - 13:00

We are running two half-day online writing retreats, come to either or both, whatever works for you and your current circumstances.

We hope the Writing Retreat will help you carve out some dedicated time to write, connect with other researchers, and reflect on the challenges you are facing and share tips to overcome these.

To help you stay motivated and connected to other researchers, the retreat will be spent in concentrated writing sessions with regular short, scheduled breaks (to make a cuppa, stretch or chat with other participants).

The retreat will take place on Zoom, booking is essential to receive the Zoom link, we will email you with instructions on how to access the retreat the day before.

Please sign up and download the app for free via this link:

https://zoom.us/

Find out more